Press of Atlantic City | Derek Harper
Lazos and Kelly Sheppard are scheduled to go in for surgery at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden. If all goes well, doctors will remove one of Sheppard’s healthy, 26-year-old kidneys and transplant it into Lazos’ 52-year-old body, allowing it to filter out waste materials, which his own kidneys are increasingly unable to do.
“I just think it’s a miracle and that Kelly’s a saint,” Lazos said. “I don’t know how I’ll ever thank her for this. It’s like a gift from God.”
Lazos’ kidneys began failing earlier this year. Lazos formerly worked as a truck driver and developed back problems that he treated with relatively high doses of over-the-counter painkillers, habitually, for years. Lazos said his doctor told him these pills contributed to his kidney problems.